Well-being Through Physical Spaces

The Well-being through Physical Spaces project enhances well-being by way of built environments. Physical spaces directly impact mental, social and physical health. Well-designed spaces have the ability to positively impact mood, social connectedness and learning. To learn more about the impact of physical spaces on well-being, you can read our project rationale:   

Principles for Enhancing Well-being through Physical Spaces at SFU is a tool that was created to help campus stakeholders who are involved in space renovation or creation to intentionally consider well-being.  If you would like to enhance well-being through the design of new or existing physical spaces, please see: Principles and Guidelines for Enhancing Wellbeing through Physical Spaces.

Creating Well-Being through Physical Spaces at SFU

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Optimal indoor lighting as well as exposure to daylight improves mood, alertness, visual performance and comfort. 


Comfortable temperatures impact students’ ability to focus.

Air Quality

Good air quality and natural ventilation have been proven to increase efficiency, mood and comfort. 


Flexible furniture in terms of design and arrangement impacts mental well-being by increasing feelings of personal control and encouraging social interaction. 


Connecting to nature supports mental well-being and cognitive performance by reducing stress and increasing psychological restoration. 

Colour and Art

Incorporating colour and art into spaces results in a welcoming environment that improves visual processing and reduces stress. 


Utilizing a universal design perspective for spaces increases accessibility and ensures that all students feel welcome and comfortable.  

Social Connection 

Space design and configuration can facilitate social connection and positively impact mental and social well-being.